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Blaziken

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Blaziken
Pokémon series character
File:Pokémon official artwork of Blaziken.png
National Pokédex
Combusken - Blaziken (#257) - Mudkip
First appearance"Pop Goes the Sneasel"
First gamePokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Designed byKen Sugimori
Voiced byDarren Dunstan (4Kids)
James Carter Cathcart (TPCI)
Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese)
Kazuyuki Okitsu (Games)

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Blaziken (/ˈblzɪkən/), known in Japan as Bursyamo (バシャーモ, Bashāmo), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Blaziken first appeared in the Pokémon anime episode "Pop Goes the Sneasel", and later appeared in the video games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, subsequent video game sequels, various merchandise, spin-off titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.

Concept and characteristics[edit]

Blaziken, known as the Blaze Pokémon, evolves from Combusken, and is the final form of Torchic. Blaziken appears as if it's wearing a sleeveless jacket on its torso. It has a crest on its head with two points, which resembles a letter "V". It also has long hair behind its head and a small face almost completely covered in feathers. It can utilize fire. An early concept design of Blaziken bore a similarity to Latias.[1]

Appearances[edit]

In the video games[edit]

Blaziken's first video game appearance is in the Game Boy Advance games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.[2] It is the evolved form of Combusken, which evolves from Torchic. Torchic is one of the three starting Pokémon in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire that players get to choose from along with Treecko and Mudkip. It has appeared in every main Pokémon title since. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Torchic can be obtained from Steven Stone after obtaining all 16 badges and beating the final boss, Red. Outside of the main series, the three of them are featured in Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Trozei!, the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon titles, the Pokémon Ranger titles, Pokémon Channel, and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. Blaziken is one of several Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y that are able to use the Mega Evolution mechanic, becoming Mega Blaziken,[3][4] though doing so is only possible by acquiring the special event Mega Stone "Blazikenite", only obtainable by downloading a special event Torchic to the game. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Blazikenite is obtained from Steven Stone in the main game if the player's starter Pokémon is Torchic. Blaziken appears as a playable fighter in Pokkén Tournament. Aside from games in the Pokémon franchise, Blaziken appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In the anime[edit]

In the animated film Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys, which takes place in the Hoenn Region, a Blaziken is owned by Rafe. Another character in the Hoenn Region, May, obtains a Torchic, which eventually evolves into Combusken and finally into a Blaziken, while trying to stop Team Rocket from stealing Ash's Pikachu and some other Pokémon. May then uses Blaziken in the Battle Phase against Ash's Sceptile.[5] In the Sinnoh region, May's Blaziken battles alongside Dawn's Piplup in tag battles.[6] A Blaziken appears in Kalos, under the ownership of Blaziken Mask, where it saves Ash and Pikachu after Mega Evolving. A Blaziken is also owned by Gurkinn, the grandfather of Korrina, the fighting type gym leader in Kalos. This Blaziken fights against Korrina's Lucario.

In the manga[edit]

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Sapphire receives a Torchic (nicknamed Chic) from her father, Professor Birch which eventually evolves into Combusken and finally into Blaziken in a bout against Winona. It is Sapphire's most trusted team member, and is used in almost every single major battle she had. It teams up with Ruby's "Mumu" in a double battle against Archie and Maxie at Seafloor Cavern. In the Emerald arc, Chic is Sapphire's most used Pokémon in the numerous Battle Dome and Battle Tower battles, and it learns the ultimate fire attack, Blast Burn, from Kimberly's metal ring.

Reception[edit]

Blaziken has received generally positive reception, ranking highly among critics and fans alike.[7][8][9][10] The Escapist's John Funk wrote that Blaziken was an "awesome" example of a Pokémon that players who refused to play past Red and Blue were missing out on.[11] Game Informer's Jeff Marchiafava felt that Blaziken was less cool than other Fire-type Pokémon and stated that it has a 1970s "vibe." Marchiafava felt the Mega Evolution was an improvement, but was still not good.[12] Kotaku's Eric Jou also felt that it had a weak design and cited it as an example of Ruby and Sapphire's weak Pokémon designs.[13] Liz Finnegan of The Escapist listed Blaziken as 44th of their favorite Pokemon.[14] IGN ranked Blaziken as 50th of the best Pokémon.[15] International Business Times cited Blaziken as an example of best Pokémon design in Generation III.[16]

IGN's Jose Otero felt that Blaziken would be a good choice for a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U due to its Mega Evolution, whereas fellow editor Tim Gettys felt that it would be unlikely.[17] ONM editor Thomas East wrote that Blaziken was a good idea for inclusion in a fourth Super Smash Bros. title.[18] Joshua Yehi of IGN included Blaziken on 10 pokemon we want in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[19]

Promotion[edit]

During the promotion of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire in America, a special GameBoy Advance with a Torchic theme was released specifically at the New York Pokemon Center back in 2003.[20]

References[edit]

  1. Hernandez, Patricia (2012-12-18). "This Is What Our Favorite Pokémon Looked Like Before Their Final Designs". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  2. Thomas East (29 Sep 2010). "Nintendo Feature: Best Fire Pokémon". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2013-01-21. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Mega Pokémon". Pokemonxy.com. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  4. "メガバシャーモ|『ポケットモンスター エックス』『ポケットモンスター ワイ』公式サイト". Pokemon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-09.
  5. Junki Takegami (writer) (February 24, 2007). "Once More with Reeling". Pokémon. Season Battle Frontier. Episode 191. Various.
  6. Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (September 13, 2008). "A Full Course Tag Battle!". Pokémon. Season Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension. Episode 76. Various.
  7. Drake, Audrey. "Blaziken - #50 Top Pokémon". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  8. Harmon, O'Dell (2012-11-21). "Top 50 Pokémon Of All Time". Game Informer. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  9. Thomas East (29 Sep 2010). "Nintendo Feature: Best Fire Pokémon". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2011-04-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. East, Thomas (2013-08-22). "Top 10 best third generation Pokemon". Official Nintendo Magazine. p. 8. Archived from the original on 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2014-03-16. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. The Escapist : News : Pokemon Gold & Silver Remakes Tear Up Charts
  12. Marchiafava, Jeff (2013-08-12). "Analyzing The New Mega Pokémon". Game Informer. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  13. Jou, Eric (2013-01-30). "Let's Rank the Pokémon Games, Best to Worst". Kotaku. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  14. https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/top-100-pokemon-from-55-to-41/amp/
  15. https://www.ign.com/lists/pokemon/50
  16. https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pokemon-20th-anniversary-5-best-pokemon-each-generation-1545925
  17. Otero, Jose; Gettys, Tim (2013-10-08). "Which Pokemon Would You Put in Smash Bros?". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  18. Wii Feature: Challenger Approaching: Your Say! - Official Nintendo Magazine
  19. https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/06/21/10-pokemon-we-want-in-super-smash-bros-ultimate-for-nintendo-switch
  20. Shughart, Ty. "Special Edition Torchic GBA SP!". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 9 July 2003.

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